Daylight is a centre in Islington for adults with physical and mental disabilities, sensory impairment, autism and challenging behaviour. The service users have been working hard on a five track EP in an attempt to steal the Christmas top spot and raise money for their beloved and much needed hub. We caught up with some of the artists involved to find out about their inspirations for the EP titled Morning.
Morning was written and recorded in the music studio at Daylight Centre by the service-users. The eclectic mix of tracks on the EP reflects the diverse array of the community which rely on Daylight Centre on a daily basis, but especially over the festive period.
Daylight Centre is a council-run service that provides life-enriching activities, as well as a community hub for its service-users. One of these services is ‘music-in-care’, where service-users get to explore and experiment in Daylight’s music studio. The result of these sessions was a series of three EP’s, the first of which is ‘Morning’, with the remaining two set for release in 2019.
Recorded, mixed and mastered at the Daylight studio by Jack Daley and Oliver Price, the EP hopes to raise money in order to help secure the centre’s future and, by extension, the studio. We caught up with them to find out about the inspiration for each track.
Track: Watermelon Fantasy
Inspired by: Jamie XX – Gosh
The single off the EP, Watermelon Fantasy, was definitely inspired by the instrumental of ‘Gosh’ by Jamie XX, with its heavy percussion and big bass. The lyrics are drawn from ‘Girl on Fire’ by Alicia Keys. Mandy, the vocalist on the track, wanted to sing the words directly off the Alicia Keys track, where the second line is “hotter than a fantasy”. However, she thought the line was “watermelon fantasy”, which we all liked, so it stuck.
Track: Good Morning
Inspired by: Connan Mockasin – Les Be Honest
Good Morning is the first skit on the EP, which we think shows the importance of community at the centre. Each morning we all greet each other, ask how each person is doing and chat about the day ahead. It’s one of the many routines we have at the centre that allowed the EP to be created.
If we were to say it was inspired by a single track, it’d have to be something smooth and calming like Connan Mockasin’s song “Les Be Honest”.
Inspired By: The Moldy Peaches – Anyone Else But You
For everyone at the centre, this was an uplifting track to write and record. The theme is the friendships that are formed, and maintained, by the centre. In that sense, we think the song gives off a similar vibe to “Anyone Else But You” by The Moldy Peaches but the production is a lot wilder. The production directly references the James Blake track “Love Me In Whatever Way” where Blake samples the crowd’s noise. Friends has got the frenetic energy, but it’s spun in a more positive, inspiriting way.
Inspired By: Katy Perry – Roar
Like any functioning British institution, tea plays an important role at the centre. We all gather for tea in the mornings and afternoons, which gives us all a chance to sit down, chat and reflect. Plus, it gives the service-users the energy they need to jam out in the studio.
For a period of time when we were recording the EP, Katy Perry’s “Roar” was the centre’s anthem. We would blare it out during tea breaks and everyone would sing and get involved. So, for that reason, we have to include it in this feature.
Track: One Day One Day
Inspired By: ODB – Brooklyn Zoo
The final track on the EP drew heavily from hip hop influences. Jonetta, the rapper on the track is a huge hip hop fan. Her favourite track at the time of recording One Day One Day was definitely “One Mic” by Nas. Yet, when she got on the microphone, her style better resembled the flow of Wu Tang’s ODB. For that, we’d probably say ODB’s “Brooklyn Zoo” captures the energy of Jonetta in the studio.